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An MSP with a new venture - fits right into our MSP-to-ISV coverage pillar! Ramey Bell is a Pacific Northwest tech/sales/marketing entrepreneur who has extended his managed services provider business

I catch up with a busy Pat Hurley, Vice President and General Manager/Americas at Acronis and we discuss baseball, F1 racing and a new October 2019 conference (Acronis Cyber Protection Summit) plus much more. 

Late this week I was speaking with thought leader and analyst Howard Cohen (contributor at Redmond Channel Partner magazine) on a catch-up call and he shared how his scope of coverage has expanded to include Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). I proffered that the momentum at Microsoft itself has been to make ISVs the “flavor of the month” often at the expense of its SMB partners. It’s all about getting the love.

My new book reflects “right here, right now” strategies new and existing Managed Services Providers (MSP) can immediately implement in a technology services market showing signs of maturity (e.g. consolidations and commoditization). The secret is verticalization and this book is focused on the fastest growing vertical

In a recent chit-chat at IT EXPO in Fort Lauderdale, FL, I pulled Michael Slater, Technical Solutions Manager (PBX, UCaaS) from his busy SherWeb booth to discuss evolving partner demographics.

The context was what was the basic demographic at the show but his insights extend further into the industry itself.

Well-known community member Josh Freifield is back running AXONTECH, his Southern California managed services provider (MSP) firm. After a two year hiatus where Freifield served a large MSP serving enterprise clients, Freifield is solidly back in the small and medium business (SMB) space for which is best known.

Our popular MSP Makeover contest has concluded and the winner is Dan Foote of DanTech in Alaska! Foote is a long-time managed services provider (MSP) and community member. He regularly attends community conferences

Forever and a day I’ve preaching the good word about having a completely updated LinkedIn profile serve as your master resume. Now for some really good news – LinkedIn has a new feature where it literally does this for you!

It’s just a simple few steps as listed below in Figure 1. Go ahead and do it now and then return for a few thoughts.

One last look back at the recent Ingram Cloud X conference concerns the Comet competition and the startup row on the tradeshow floor. Here are three geeky favorites you need to know about!

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On April 5th SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), announced its customer conference is set to return to Amsterdam, Netherlands May 7th and 8th.   Although the conference will focus on security, the agenda will include sought-Sokarwindsafter keynote speakers, product updates, networking opportunities, and various educational content across business, technical, sales, and marketing topics.